After recently emptying my storage unit, I came across the very first piece of furniture I painted…way back in the 1990’s. As a simple dresser, it served me well…traveling with me to four different houses before landing in my storage unit. I just love its compact design and the practicality of the drawers. Just so CUTE! Obviously, my ‘theme’ colors (at that time) were sage green and natural wood. While emptying the storage unit, I also came across a nightstand I had painted in a coordinating fashion. I’m not willing to let the nightstand go just yet. So, we may see that in a future post. Alas, this is where it all began for me. Who knew then I’d become so hooked on this furniture refurbishing business?!
What can I say, I’m still really into ‘green’ furniture (both color and re-vitalizing)?! Even back then, I was into lining the drawers. All six of the drawers sport lovely green marble shelf paper. I do remember having help, working hard, and learning a lot while I made this piece what I wanted it to be.
As if I need another project to work on…yesterday, I came across this great mid-century three drawer dresser while perusing the local Goodwill Outlet store (affectionately know as ‘the Bins’). I had recently been in contact with someone on Craigslist about a very similar piece, so I guess this style must have been on my mind. Alas, that one didn’t work out. However, I felt really drawn to this one when I was at the store. Being so dog-gone particular, I actually took out all the drawers while at the store AND was noting the many details (and potential problems). Needless to say, I couldn’t say no. It cost me a whopping $10.80.
The drawers are really neat…no knobs or pulls, but there is a little hidden notch on each to serve as a pull. I will need to figure out how to create a new wooden drawer glide for the bottom drawer. The piece has nice tapered legs in the back and weird square tapered legs in the front. I’m going to need to add some strength to the whole leg situation. And then, we’ve got my favorite feature…VENEER!! How do I get so very lucky?! Obviously, there are places that will need attention. Not sure if I’ll go so far as to remove it all (especially off the top) or just try to re-glue and patch. We’ll see. I got it all cleaned-up today, which allows me to see all the
trouble spots…’eh, areas that will require additional attention. But then again, what fun would all this be if it wasn’t a challenge?! Ahh, gotta’ love a challenge!
I have NO more room for additional projects, so this one (hopefully) will be the last new one for a while…until I start getting some forward progress on the other projects I’ve already begun. In case you are wondering the direction I am hoping to take with this piece, I am seriously considering drawers one color and body another color. Probably similar to the mid-century record cabinet/shelf I recently finished (and SOLD). At least that’s what I’m thinking at the moment.
With some time to work on projects and agreeable weather, I’ve been working on the spindle bed frame rails and the recently acquired vintage nightstand. Don’t get me wrong, I always see potential in the projects I take on…or else I would be far less willing to take them on. After cleaning the nightstand the other night, I figured I’d scrape some of the loose paint today. Turned out that there was quite a bit of loose paint, so I just kept working at it. Little did I know I had honestly found a true diamond in the rough.
Someone (or something) that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly stand out from the crowd.
The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process.
Needless to say, I’ve got a long haul ahead of me. As per usual, something I think will be a walk in the park turns out to need
a ton of…’eh, extensive work. However, I was delighted to find the original color of the nightstand is very similar to the color I have in mind. Go figure. This cast aside piece of furniture was once a true piece of art. In addition to loving the original color, I discovered hand-painted flowers adorning the top surface and the drawer. What a find! I felt like I had uncovered a treasure. And indeed I have. I hope to get this nightstand back into the land of the lovely before too long, while keeping with its vintage roots. I’m even thinking I’ll use one of my ‘new’ knobs to replace the old wooden one. Ideas, ideas…so many ideas.